Cardinal Tagle invites people to support ‘Light the World’ Christmas campaign

Cardinal Tagle invites people to support ‘Light the World’ Christmas campaign

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is bringing back the Light the World Giving Machines this Christmas. PHOTO FROM LDS CHURCH

By CBCP News

November 4, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila is inviting the faithful to support a Christmas giving campaign to help those in need.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is bringing back its “Light the World” campaign this week, and Caritas Manila is once again a beneficiary of the program.

First introduced in Manila in 2018, the campaign allows people to do an act of charity in quick, easy and unique way: vending machine.

“This program is inviting people to share love,” Tagle said.

Beginning Nov. 8, people can buy for someone in need through special “Giving Machines” that will be located at the 4th Level of TriNoma Mall near Cinema 1 in Quezon City.

Unlike the regular vending machines, customers are actually giving something to someone in need when they use the Giving Machine.

The first Giving Machine was launched in the U.S. in 2017. The Philippines is one of 10 locations worldwide selected to again host the machine this year.

“So please look for these Giving Machines,” the cardinal said.

“And when you see them, let the light of love be ignited in you and share whatever you have with our suffering brothers and sisters,” he added.

Other charity partners of the LDS Church are Unicef Philippines and the HERO Foundation.

The Giving Machines will operate during mall hours until December 31.

For individuals outside Manila who wish to donate, the Light the World products will be available on the Lazada store of Caritas Manila.

In 2018, the global campaign raised more than $2 million for local and international charities.

Manila alone raised more than P800,000 donations from about 4,000 donors.